Jamie’s Mom

jennings-oxbow-and-three-legged-turtle-2007-04-29-11-10-33-am I found this midland painted turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata) in an oxbow on the edge of the Jennings Woods property.  This individual had only three legs, the fourth having apparently been gnawed off by a predator (or just a neighborhood dog).  The turtle’s reduce mobility and the fact that it was a cool spring day made capturing the normally very skitish turtle much easier.